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Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for an elite few. To achieve this goal, we believe that many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can have a say in how our lives are structured in the workplace, our schools, and neighborhoods.
Because DSA nationally is what we call a broad-tent “multitendency” organization, we have no holy books or martyrs. There is no one essay or strategy article you must read and agree with to be a DSA member. In fact, we draw our strength from the diversity of our ideas and our rigorous commitment to democratic practice.
DSA holds a national convention every two years that is open to all members where we join together to vote on priorities and to elect the National Political Committee (NPC), the board of members who steer the organization in between conventions.
Philly DSA also holds a convention every two years, usually just before the national convention, where we also vote on priorities, elect delegates to the national convention, and elect our local Steering Committee, the board that runs the local.
We have a quarterly General Membership Meeting where committees report back on their work, and committees meet more frequently in between general meetings.
The Philly DSA mailing list is the main way to keep in touch with our active members. This is the list we use to coordinate local work, share articles, and pass on info about upcoming events.
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If you have an idea for a project that might fall under the umbrella of one of our existing committees it would be best to email the chair of the committee or attend one of the committee meetings to propose your idea.
For example, you’d like to start a reading group on Das Kapital or the History of the Russian Revolution? Great! Talk to the Political education Committee.
If you have an idea for a project that doesn’t already have a team working on it, consider drafting a resolution!
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